The No. 13 Oregon Ducks (11-3, 9-3) once again bested the washington huskies (4-6, 1-6), this time by a score of 69 to 52 at Matthew Knight Arena.
EUGENE, OREGON - If this were like any other season, Matt Knight Arena would have been one of the loudest venues in the country today when the Oregon Ducks took down their most hated foe. But alas, the 2020-21 Ducks put together a dominant performance with just the cheers from the bench.
Sedona Prince led all scorers with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks (most by a Duck since March 2018, tied for second-most by a UO player in MKA history). Nyara Sabally and Erin Boley both were forced to rest due to what we can assume are minor injuries, which meant Angela Dugalic and Jaz Shelley took their starting roles.
Dugalic rewarded Graves’ decision with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Te-Hina Paopao also had a good game, finishing with 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds while also becoming the only Duck to start in every game this season. Though Shelley and Taylor Chavez scored just a combined three points, the entire offensive flow looked at least a little bit more fluid.
The Ducks finished 43.5 percent from the field, which is a lower shooting percentage than we typically see from Graves’ squad, but is an improvement over their last two games in which they shot 32.6 percent and 39.0 percent against Arizona and Washington State, respectively.
Of course cheering was not the only thing the Oregon bench did yesterday. Led by Lydia Giomi in one of her best games as a Duck, the home-team bench scored 28 points in total and provided the starters with adequate rest to dominate the huskies.
Giomi scored her second career double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The senior was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and a couple of her fastbreak scores fueled Oregon’s offensive fire.
Freshman Sydney Parrish continues to impress, this time by racking up 12 points and hitting three triples, two of which came during a 12-0 Oregon run that gave the Ducks a 17-7 lead
Though Oregon’s offense is still in a slump, the Duck D is as tenacious as ever. They held the huskies to just 30.2 percent from the floor. Let’s hope that intensity reappears against Utah this Friday.
NEXT UP: @ Utah
Friday, 2 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK - Salt Lake City, Utah